Thursday, April 17, 2014 · 2:45 p.m.

District 6 Commissioner Joe Graham seeks continued support in re-election efforts

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Commissioners Joe Graham and Warren Mackey. (Photo: Staff)

Thank you District 6, for allowing me to represent you as your county commissioner. When talking with many of our District 6 constituents, the first question that nearly everyone has asked me is, "Do you like being our county commissioner?" Well, my answer to that is "YES!"

I love representing our district, so our voices can and will be heard. We have been able to get many things accomplished for our district, as well as for all of Hamilton County. I am both humbled and honored that an overwhelming reaction from all of you is "We need you to stay and keep up the hard work."

When I first ran for the district seat, I made only two promises. The first was to be involved in what is going on in our district to the point where you know beyond a shadow of doubt that you have a county commissioner who is not only easy to get ahold of, but returns phone calls, has his cell number published for easy access (423-255-6601), and shows up throughout the district to help with any and all issues that he can. This is a promise that I fulfill every day and very much enjoy. The second promise was to always tell the whole truth, which I have and will continue to do.

There have been many issues in my first term that are not the norm: appointing a county mayor, a county commissioner, and several judges and also balancing the budget every year with no tax increase. We had the difficult task of making precision cuts to our budget to make up for more than $13 million in cuts.

We have accomplished a lot in my first term, helping to get several thousand new jobs and many brand new schools, while also working on the existing schools in our district. We have also been involved with the growth of our infrastructure so we can accommodate new homes and new businesses, while helping to support local businesses to help them grow, as well. I have also been diligent on a daily basis to work hard to save the county taxpayers money in many ways.

So with that said, YES, I am running for re-election for Hamilton County District 6. It matters who governs, but we also need active citizens to have good government, which I am proud to say we do. Please support me for re-election to this next term, and I will continue to work hard to make sure our district is represented with honesty and integrity and that our voices are being heard.

Thank you, humbly your public servant for District 6,

Commissioner Joe Graham
Hamilton County Commission, District 6

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